Seattle police are investigating three arson fires set overnight in the Greenwood area.
Nearly 20 Seattle Fire Department units responded to an blaze at 78th and Greenwood Ave late Sunday night, five blocks from Fire Station 21. SFD officials are saying the fire was arson.
Just before 8:00 a.m. this morning, an arson patrol unit spotted another fire set behind the Olive You cafe in Greenwood. While the first fire only caused about $1,000 in damage, the second may have caused as much as $20,000.
Police have been investigating a series of arson fires set in the Greenwood neighborhood in the last few months. In late October, an arson fire caused $2 million damages and destroyed four businesses on 85th and Greenwood.
According to the Phinneywood blog, the fire department and SPD are holding a meeting about the arsons on Tuesday.There’s also a reward out for the arsonist. Tips can be phoned in to 1-800-55-ARSON. Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick would not comment on what the apparently increasing frequency of the Greenwood fires means, but says the department is actively working the case. “We had three set fires in a period of hours, That definitely is attention getting,” she says.
Police are also investigating a fire set in the University District over the weekend. At about 10:15 p.m. Saturday night, someone set a Honda Accord on fire in a parking garage in the 4200 block of 8th avenue NE.
Fitzpatrick downplayed a possible connection to the Greenwood arson. Investigators will look at the two cases, she says, but “the area is different, it’s a different neighborhood, [and] it’s a different kind of fire.”